Every summer like clockwork I have to clean out my coop to get rid of mites. So- I cleaned out the coop a couple of weeks ago and sprayed the entire thing down with a natural flea and tick spray(it makes the coop smell like peppermint-but I don't think the chickens give a whoop about that). Never noticed any mites. Yesterday I was spending time with my birdies and noticed my rooster has some raised scales on his legs. So I checked everyone and just about all of my older birds look to be in the beginning stages. No biggie- I'll treat them with some vegetable oil. I also have 10 week old cochins sharing the roost with my older flock. Their legs look normal, but I'd like to go ahead and treat them just in case. I really don't want to slather their heavily feathered legs with vegetable oil or vasaline. I can just imagine that mess. So can someone recommend a no mess treatment for heaily feathered legs? I obviously don't have to worry about throwing out eggs, but I would really like to treat without pesticides, but I'll do what I gotta do. Thanks in advance!